Centre Street Food Pantry
Our mission is to provide families within our community with consistent
access to nutritious food in a dignified and sensitive environment.
We welcome residents of Newton and our neighbors in Brookline, Brighton, Needham, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, West Roxbury
YOUR DONATED DOLLARS BUY FOOD
More than 400 families shop with us every month. Our shoppers include young adults, seniors and families with children. Costs for housing and medicine combined with cuts in federal programs for food assistance bring more families to us every week. We provide over 25,000 pounds of food a month and are 100% funded by private donations and grants.
It Takes a Village
We can't do this alone. We believe that people in organizations working together make Centre Street stronger and we're lucky to partner with the greatest folks around. Together we are able to feed more families.
We welcome any organization who wants to run a fundraiser and/or a food drive on our behalf.
DIGNITY AND KINDNESS
Our volunteers are trained to introduce themselves and to treat shoppers as they would like to be treated, with kindness and compassion.
We are an inclusive, tolerant community that appreciates volunteers who unload food, set up our pantry, shop with our guests and bring groceries to cars. They do clean up and special projects, too.
We would like to welcome you.
We work hard at Centre Street to ensure our shoppers have healthy choices. We bring in an average of 2500 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables for our shoppers to take home each week. We follow USDA Healthy Eating Guidelines so our shoppers always find lean protein, dairy, and whole grain choices in our pantry.
Monica, Centre Street Shopper
"I just finished chemo for cancer. Some weeks I can carry my own groceries and some weeks I can’t. Everyone helps me out. Everyone here is super-crazy nice. I’m grateful to be a poor person in Newton. I grew up in Brookline so I didn’t realize what services were available when you run into a financial or health crises. I’m lucky to be here.” Monica's favorite Centre Street item to pick up is our fresh produce. “I love the perfectly ripe tomatoes — the ones you have today.”